Last Wednesday, I noticed an unusual bombardment of the evils of the world and the negativity that infests our daily lives. The world is by no means perfect but we all are relatively desensitized in order to handle the usual problems we deal with everyday and the bad news constantly at the top of the docket in the news. However, with the news of a person who used Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to train for mass-murder, the sad news of Adam Sessler leaving G4 and my fellow PixlBit writer Angelo Grant feeling that IGN is bad for gamers (along with other non video game related things like my friend complaining about the lack of diversity in television with me over Facebook), I had to take a step back and do something positive because I had by this point became rather glum and depressed. To quote one of my own tweets, “Need some positivity right now. Listening to my 70s Summer Breeze mix while writing some video game announcement news.” That was no mistake either. I purposely chose to write up the Uncharted 3 GOTY and Resistance trilogy story because those were positive stories. Also, listening to America, Seals and Crofts and Ambrosia will always mellow you out.
When I was 13 years of age, I stayed for a summer with my other mother. We didn’t have much as she had just moved to a new city and was still trying to get settled. She had a job and a nice house but there was little left over to make ends meet. I remember sleeping on a futon mattress on the floor and saving pennies to afford cheeseburgers at McDonalds because they were only 39 cents at the time. Another memory I remember is staying up late. My mother didn’t care if I stood up late and often times I did as she would work the graveyard shift at the local newspaper. She was a manager and would be in charge of making sure people went out to deliver the papers. More often than not, someone would flake out and she would be stuck doing their route and I would come along to help but that’s another story…
Sometimes there are news stories that aren’t too important to report on. Sometimes some stories take priority over others. That’s why I welcome you to the inaugural edition of Back Page News. This will be a weekly blog compiling stories from the past week that were less than big news. Without further ado, let’s get to it!
If you hadn’t read the PixlBit feature about Operation Rainfall and its impact on JRPGs, check it out here. The feature made me think about when I first got into RPGs, which was about 10 years ago. I started buying every RPG I could find, whether I finished them or not, and most of them were JRPGs. One of the first games I got was SaGa Frontier. For a newcomer to the genre, I didn’t have much luck with the game but I found the worlds, multiple characters, and battle system so interesting that I still aspire to be able to play and complete it. To be fair, it isn’t what I would call a great RPG or even a great game. It’s definitely for fans of the genre only and its open world gameplay further exacerbates that fact. Nonetheless, fans of the genre should check it out. It’s relatively cheap, as a used copy can be found for around $15. Check out the video below for an overview of the game, as well as some gameplay.